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Virginia couple to be married on Rose Parade float

December 28, 2012 |  1:10 pm

As if getting married before your closest friends and family wasn’t nerve-racking enough, a Virginia couple will tie the knot in front of millions of viewers at the 2013 Rose Parade in Pasadena.

Gerald Sapienza and Nicole Angelillo beat out three other couples vying to get married aboard Farmers Insurance’s “The Love Float” on New Year's Day in a national online contest.

The duo paraded through Chesapeake, Va., dressed as a bride and groom, to rally for votes in the Farmers Insurance Dream Wedding Contest.

Despite growing up in the same neighborhood, the couple didn't date until 10 years after high school graduation when they connected through an online dating site. They’ve been dating since 2006.

Sapienza proposed to Angelillo during one of her business trips to New Orleans, and celebrated that night by riding on a Mardi Gras float.

The ceremony, expected to take place at 9:34 a.m. as the float drives down the 5 1/2-mile parade route, will be officiated by radio personality Sean Valentine.

Angelillo and Sapienza will be joined by six family members on the float. In addition to the flight to Pasadena, they also won a wedding dress, a tuxedo and wedding rings, as well as other freebies.

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